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Warehouse Safety Principles: 6 key guidelines to keep your workplace safe.

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When it comes to warehouse safety there are many benefits that are often overlooked. Safety procedures are frequently disregarded in a variety of workplaces due to insufficient time, inadequate resources or an opportunity to cut corners in an attempt to save money. However, when safety procedures are soundly implemented there are major benefits such as higher employee satisfaction as well as increased productivity. By minimizing the risk of injury, fewer workplace disruptions take place and absenteeism associated with injury is also reduced. Equipment downtime is another factor which can be avoided through the appropriate use of safety procedures.

Here are a few safety guidelines to help keep your warehouse safe:

1. Ensure Safety Equipment is Used at all Times

In the warehouse it is vital that forklifts or hydraulic dollies are used to lift items that are too heavy. Appropriate eyewear and hard hats should also be worn when required. Employees should be aware of emergency exits and the sprinklers installed in the roof should not be blocked at any time. Safety equipment is implemented in order to minimize workplace injury, so although it may be time consuming to initiate its use, it does pay off in the long run.

protective equipment required sign

2. Eliminate Any Potential Safety Hazards

Ensure all warehousing floors are free of ‘slip and trip’ hazards. It is important that this safety check is carried out on a regular basis, by all employees, and that the floor is always free of stray cords, liquids and any other potentially hazardous items. It is also essential that any cracks and pits in the flooring are attended to as these can cause serious injuries to employers as well as damaging expensive machinery.

Slips and trips sign

3. Clearly Label Designated Hazardous Zones

Dangerous equipment should be stored away in an area that is clearly labeled and safe walk ways should be highlighted through necessary signage. The easiest way to illuminate hazardous zones is by using tape or painting black and white stripes on the floor of the designated area. This enables employees to be aware of dangerous surroundings and can be useful in avoiding accidents that can cause serious injury.

Danger design hazardous zone sign

4. Always Use Safe Lifting Techniques

When a load requires transporting, firstly assess what method is the best option for its movement. If lifting is the most suitable method; check the route to ensure no obstacles are in the way and ensure there is enough space for the load at its destination. Safe lifting techniques should always be carried out and the load should not obstruct the view of the lifter. Use all materials handling equipment carefully and follow the proper operating procedures including push rather than pull, whenever possible and lean in the direction that is being travelled. Also, never drive a forklift or use other powered equipment without training or authorization.

lifting safety sign

5. Provide Training and Refresher Courses

Ensure all staff are educated and up to date with knowledge about safe practices within the workplace. This allows for greater adherence to procedures as staff members will be completely aware of the consequences that can emanate from an unsafe workplace. Accidents most commonly occur when corners are cut in an attempt to save time. If staff and management are completely aware of the repercussions that can arise from this fact, procedures may be followed more closely.

training required sign

6. Promote Awareness in your Warehouse

Having a sense of awareness in the work place is an important safety factor. This can be achieved through communication between staff members. By employees being vocal and yelling out to others their location, collision incidents can be drastically reduced. When carrying items or driving machinery, a simple “coming through” can alert other coworkers of their whereabouts and can allow them to steer clear of dangerous pathways. All staff members should be encouraged to be constantly aware of what’s around them and to communicate where they are to ensure the avoidance of collision accidents.

Warning Sign

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22 comments

Thanks for sharing such nice guidance. I think keeping warehouse safe is first priority and to do that job perfectly these guidelines are very effective. I’m following some of these ways so far and glad to know few others ways as well. Keep up the nice sharing.

Franklin English
May 22, 2012 - 3:35 pm

   
thank you for meomorable information for my warehouse in Karachi, we will follow it and in future will get more guidence from your side please.


Regards


Malik

Muhammad Ashraf Malik
November 06, 2014 - 6:19 pm

                       
        Very educational and ive learned a lot from your topic in watehouse safety awareness as a safety offficer itself in industrial business and soon in construction i will apply all i read on this website and teach my workers to eliminate or at least avoid any accidents. thanks guys.

cristopher tambagan
July 06, 2015 - 7:48 pm

                       
                A few important things to remember also is to keep a positive attitude, negativity can lead to distraction. Safety requires complete focus . When we go to work we must leave our troubles behind.  Don’t take chances or engage in risky behavior, taking shortcuts is unacceptable.
As stated above keep your workplace free of hazards. Also remember no accidents occur without a minimum of 2 contributing factors.

Tag Master
May 14, 2016 - 1:08 am

Very helpful indeed. I have just been appointed Safety champion at the warehouse i work in, im by no means a Safety officer though. So when i found this site and guidelines it gave me the info i needed to do my job and keep my co-workers safer. thk you                      

Shannan Barnes
May 22, 2016 - 8:40 am

I really like your tip to provide training and refresher courses. It doesn’t do any good to have safety procedures if no one knows what they are. Having refresher courses also helps to emphasize the importance that management places on safety. How often would you suggest having training courses? Thanks for all these great tips to help us stay safe. http://www.iltalaska.com

April Cook
July 14, 2016 - 3:30 am

Good knowledge !

zaw zaw hlaing
September 01, 2016 - 3:51 pm

I really like your guidelines regarding warehouse   management.
Plz share some info regarding pharmaceutical warehousing.

Amir Shakoor
September 26, 2016 - 9:23 pm

great article thanks for sharing this please notify us by e mail about your next blog.             

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December 22, 2016 - 1:35 am

                       
    I think that having workers review the reasons for safety procedures might help prevent any problems caused by those three reasons why safety is overlooked. Working in a warehouse sounds like there’s lots of things you need to be aware of to keep the workplace well maintained.  A routine simple training might be helpful for all workers.

Zequek Estrada
December 30, 2016 - 7:42 am

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January 06, 2017 - 10:23 pm

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January 20, 2017 - 11:42 pm

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February 14, 2017 - 5:27 pm

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March 18, 2017 - 1:16 am

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Small Biz Makeover
May 23, 2017 - 12:47 pm

                       
      Hi, thanks for sharing the information.

yousuf
May 25, 2017 - 5:49 pm

                       
                    After I read this article, I got to have knowledge and add my insight, I happened to look for an article like this, it is very helpful for me and the crowd, the writing is good to read and easy to understand.

BENKBENK
May 27, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    After I read this article, I got to have knowledge and add my insight, Every always give extra training to all warehouse staff regarding safety awareness . 

jayanta podder
June 14, 2017 - 8:09 pm

  Being in a field of construction every now and then we have to ensure that we are safe wherever we are standing. I think this article is best one although some safety’s rules i know but some of them are new to me.                     

Neil Patil
June 15, 2017 - 6:56 pm

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john
June 21, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Very impressive points and words. I I agree with that “Safety equipment is implemented in order to minimize workplace injury, so although it may be time consuming to initiate its use, it does pay off in the long run. Keep posting it really helps.

Bianca Pickworth
June 27, 2017 - 7:41 pm

                       
                      I agree that it is important to use safety equipment at all times.  My warehouse requires us to wear our hard hats and safety goggles at all times while on the work floor.  Everything, from the pallet wrappers, to the forklift, could be a safety risk if not utilized properly.

Jeff Evans
September 14, 2017 - 1:15 pm

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